No payments are nice, I am putting away as much as I can now. I do plan on a payment for the Jeep, but a smaller one, but also hope to have cash for the little things I want to change or add to it.
I was thinking that if we both do our trips in 2014, we should try to set something up to meet in Alaska.
Yeah I was thinking about coordinating our trips some. It's still a ways off, but nobody has expressed any interest on going with us the next time. Not unexpected since it is a ways off...
Our very tentative plans are to catch the ferry in Bellingham WA late May (2014) to Haines, from Haines to Anchorage, spend about two nights there, take the highway south from Anchorage all the way down, and then return to Anchorage (maybe spend another night in Anchorage). From there we'll skip Fairbanks and head over towards Chicken, go to Dawson, make a run up the Dempster Highway and back, and then work our way to the Cassiar (spelling?) Highway and from there work our way back to Bellingham. Whitehorse has a very nice museum, but otherwise it's like any other medium size city (they do have a Wal-mart and places to re-stock food and such) and we're wanting to spend time in the more undeveloped/non-comercial areas.
Depending on how our timing is going will determine what little side trips we take all along the way. Some of the places we went the first time were nice, but it's like "been there, done that, let's check out someplace new" for this next trip.
I envy you being able to take 5-6 weeks for your trip. I'll be lucky to get three weeks leave at one time, and that will include the flying to Seattle and from Seattle back to TN. So we'll just have to leave some parts for the Great Alaska/Canada Adventure Tour III.
We really enjoyed the ferry. It's a shorter ride going up than coming back down (like three days vs. four days). It might be hard talking your whole group into going, but if you're ever taking just one or two vehicles you should consider it.
I'll most likely start another thread like I did this one for our next Adventure Tour (with a link on this thread to the new one). As we get closer to our (yours and mine) departure times we'll have to talk and compare notes and itineraries.